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As San Diego International Airport continues to meet the air travel demands of a growing region, the impacts of growth and development have been identified and analyzed in various studies. In an effort to continue this type of analysis and a proactive approach, an Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) has been prepared by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA) for San Diego International Airport. The AQMP assists SDCRAA in meeting local, state and federal air quality regulations and contributes valuable data and analysis to the San Diego region as existing and future air quality compliance measures are addressed.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board approved the AQMP on December 3, 2009, as shown in the following resolution:

Air Quality Management Plan Board Resolution

Final Air Quality Management Plan

Click here to view the Ground Transportation Vehicle Conversion Incentive-Based Program, adopted by the Airport Authority Board on March 4, 2010.

AQMP Quick Reference

The purpose of the AQMP is to:

  • Address Attorney General MOU commitments and Coastal Development Permit conditions regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Permit conditions regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Quantify existing GHG emissions
  • Identify future GHG emissions reductions opportunities and funding sources
  • Integrate Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) into Airport Authority's Sustainability goals

This AQMP includes several integral components:

  • Criteria Pollutant & Greenhouse Gases Baseline Emissions Inventory
  • Analysis of Potential Air Emission Reduction Opportunities
  • Analysis of Ground-Based Aircraft Movement Greenhouse Gases
  • Addressing the GHG Memorandum of Understanding
  • Shuttle Incentive Program
  • Agency Coordination

Air Emissions Inventory

The purpose of the Air Emissions Inventory at SDIA is to compile a current and accurate database of emissions produced by the operation of landside and airside vehicles at SDIA. This database provides important data and was essential in making significant contributions towards the formulation and preparation of a successful air quality management program.

Air emissions at airports are produced by vehicular traffic (cars, shuttle busses, taxis, trucks, public transit vehicles, etc.), aircraft, GSE, and emergency generators. All of these producers of emissions have different operational characteristics. For example, certain pieces of GSE can idle for extensive lengths of time, while a diesel-powered generator is only used during an emergency or power-outage. A generator such as this is permitted and is periodically tested.

GSE Inventory

The purpose of the GSE Inventory at SDIA is a simple one. An accurate and up to date inventory of existing and future GSE at SDIA is essential in order to make significant contributions towards the formulation and preparation of a successful air quality management program. GSE are usually owned by an airline and/or a fixed base operator (FBO). Because GSE idle for extensive lengths of time, they contribute to the overall emissions produced by the operation of an airport.

Taxi and Shuttle Inventory

The Taxi and Shuttle Inventory at SDIA was prepared to provide an accurate and up to date inventory of existing taxi and shuttle vehicles that operate at the Airport. Including these vehicles in the overall AQMP ensures a comprehensive analysis towards the formulation and preparation of a successful air quality management program.

Agency Coordination and Public Outreach

Agency coordination is an important part of development projects initiated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for SDIA. As an integral part of both short and long-term development initiatives, AQMP agency coordination has consisted of extensive coordination with the Air Pollution Control District County of San Diego (APCD) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB). The participation of these agencies on AQMP issues has yielded significant contributions towards improving the existing and future air quality scenario at SDIA.

The following is a list of agencies that have been contacted or have contacted SDIA regarding the AQMP:

  • Air Pollution Control District County of San Diego
  • California Air Resources Board
  • Sempra Energy/San Diego Gas & Electric/Southern California Gas Company
  • Clean Energy
  • Metropolitan Transit System
  • SANDAG
  • Caltrans
  • California Attorney General
  • California Coastal Commission
  • Federal Aviation Administration

Public Outreach is and will continue to be an important element of the AQMP. The information on this website will help to keep the public apprised of the status of the preparation of the AQMP, as well as the contents of the overall Plan.

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